Special guests open Emmaus Merseyside community home
Her Majesty’s Lord–Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mark Blundell, Terry Waite CBE and other special guests have celebrated the official opening the new Emmaus Merseyside community home.
The Opening Ceremony took place on Thursday 12 October at Emmaus Merseyside’s community building on School Lane in Seaforth. The event included the official opening and naming of the building, presentations to supporters of the charity and the naming of a new public green space, adjacent to the building.
“It was fantastic to welcome and meet so many distinguished guests and supporters of Emmaus Merseyside. The new building will become a home to our companions and a real asset for the wider community in Sefton. I would like to congratulate all those who have contributed to its development and look forward to seeing how Emmaus Merseyside grows over the coming years.”
Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK
Emmaus Merseyside provides a home, work and support for up to 28 formerly homeless people. The people who live and work at Emmaus – known as companions – gain support and training in order to boost skills, experience and confidence, helping them to move on to independent living.
Jonathan Masters, Trustee of the Steve Morgan Foundation, unveiled a supporter’s plaque in the reception of the building and presented a cheque to Emmaus Merseyside in support of the charity’s work.
“The Trustees are delighted to be able to help Emmaus Merseyside, an organisation that really makes a difference to the people it helps. The Steve Morgan Foundation grant of £57,000 will be used over three years to fund a community support worker at the new community building; helping the companions rebuild their lives.”
Jonathan Masters, Trustee of the Steve Morgan Foundation
Emmaus Merseyside worked in partnership with housing association Riverside, the Homes & Communities Agency and contractor Forrest to complete the purpose built community building in Seaforth. Each companion has their own en-suite studio and has access to communal living areas, including a kitchen, dining room, garden and gym.
“The official opening of Emmaus Merseyside’s community building is the culmination of lots of hard work that has taken more than 15 years. It has been great to celebrate and thank the many generous people and organisations who have supported the development of our charity and social enterprise. We are enormously grateful for all the support we have received.”
Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside
Emmaus Merseyside’s charity superstore and two Re-Use Shops provide companions with work and training opportunities. The social enterprises generate money to help sustain the charity through the sale of donated, refurbished and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage wares.
To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to get involved or donate an item contact 0151 928 1588 or visit the store at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.